As a member of the CBS radio network team that covered the war in Europe under the stewardship of the late Edward R. Murrow, Paul Manning trained as a gunner aboard B-17s and Liberators (B-24s) in order to cover the air war in Europe.
When Germany surrendered, he broadcast the ceremony on the CBS radio network. Manning then trained as a gunner aboard a B-29, and flew missions over Japan to cover the closing phase of the air war there. Eventually, he broadcast the surrender of Japan from the deck of the USS Missouri for CBS. After the war, Manning wrote for The New York Times, among other publications, and authored several books.
Much of his postwar career was devoted to researching the Nazi flight-capital program, and through this research he came to write Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile. Although his research on Bormann was partially funded by CBS News, the network never "went" with the story.